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Options Fisher F44 Tesoro Eldorado 1st. gen.
Detector Type Coin and Relic Detector Coin and Relic Detector
Price $400 $400
Manufactured in 2015 1986
Battery Type 2 AA
Weight (Lbs.) 2.3
Operating frequency 7.8kHz.
Display Yes
Backlight Yes
Target ID 9-Segment viisual and numerical
Tone ID Adjustable Iron Audio
Search Modes
  • Jewelry
  • Coins
  • Artifact
  • Custom
  • All Metal
Ability to change coils Yes
Ground balance Computerized Ground Balancing + Manual GB
Waterproof Weatherproof, waterproofcoil
Warranty 5 Years
Number of Reviews graph 4
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Avg. User Rating 3.50 4.56
Avg. Durability Rating 3.88
Avg. Ease of Use Rating 4.75
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Most helpful review for Fisher F44

Fisher f44-great detector for the money
The F44 provides a lot of performance for a machine a little over $300. No other machine on the market has near the features of the F44 for the money. The custom mode, where tones can be assigned to each category, is an industry first that I'm sure many others will copy. Depth is very good for a low priced machine, and separation is decent.

Fisher advertises it as weatherproof, but I've found that if you're water hunting and happen to drop it, it won't leak. I wouldn't intentionally submerge it though. The build quality is good and light. Just because it doesn't weigh five pounds and made of steel doesn't mean it's not durable. Fisher machines are a lot tougher than they look.

This would be a very good beginner machine, as it's not too complicated. But I've got over 40 years in the hobby and don't feel at a disadvantage using it.
John Samsky from Manassas, Va.

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Most helpful review for Tesoro Eldorado 1st. gen.

Price and Features rate well on this one!
I have used the Eldorado alot in the three or so years I've owned one. In my experience, the stock 9x8 coil doesn't pinpoint well enough, so I use the 7" all the time. I never need the all metal pinpoint, as it does great in disc mode by "X-ing"
the target. It is not the deepest machine I own, but with the GB and a great discriminator, I rate it up with much more costly units. It loves dimes, and once I practiced with it alot, I could easily determine whether to dig or not. I mostly coin shoot with it, and it's hot on silver aswell as gold jewelry. I like the three piece pole, as I can carry it in a back pack to the woods, and it is very light in the hand when swinging all day. That is another reason I like the 7" coil.
It has a fast retune speed, so the all metal pinpoint is a bit tricky. The ground balance is easy to do, and in my area I have few troubles getting it to balance.It picks out targets well among trash as long as I don't move the coil too fast. I run it wide open on the sensitivity dial most of the time. At some sites I can't though, so I back it off just a bit until it quiets down.
For the money, you get a great warranty, and great tone responce. The disc knob is well marked, and accurate on most targets. The trash items I have most trouble with when hunting old homesteads is large iron, mason jar lids, etc.Screw caps will sound off louder than coins unless the coin is very shallow, but by lifting the coil a few inches off the ground I can tell if the target is too big to be a coin, then I won't dig it.
It works great for "clad hunting" in parks, where I want to move fast to dig the most targets I can in a short time.
An example: I get a good hit, set the unit straight down and touch my vibra-probe on the turf, if shallow, I quickly recover it. If deep I cut a small "U" and probe it again, and it is in my pouch quickly, and I lift the detector straight up, cover the hole and swing away, no arm strap to feed my wrist through.
The adjustable threshold is a good feature too, as I can raise or lower the volume as needed, so shallow signals aren't too loud, or raise it some, to enhance deep signals.
One 9v battery lasts me several days out detecting, and the battery test switch is helpfull too. Hope my experiences with the Eldorado can help someone. I have some nice finds so far with mine, and will use it a long time yet!
I have just about paid for mine just with clad, let alone the gold I found at the lake this summer, and the 1923 quarter in (AU-50) I dug this year too.Happy Hunting.....Paul
Paul of Harrisburg from Pa. U.S.A.

Thumbs up! 67
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